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Project 13: Porcelain Clay Ornaments

December 26, 2011

Sometimes, I think of crafts in terms of how awesome they look relative to the amount of work they take. An equation kind of like this:

Excitement with a craft = Aesthetic appeal / effort

Mmmm. Looks like quantifiable data to me. Ohhhhh yahhhh.

These clay ornaments get a pretty high score- it didn’t take long to make these and they look so lovely. I stamped them with little letters and painted them after they were baked. They’re perfect for giving away on little gifts or tucking inside cards.

Inspiration:

Here is the recipe (originally from Woodside Kitchen)

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup soda

3/4 cup water

Mix the three ingredients together in a small saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. It will be runny/watery. Eventually (after 3 or 4 minutes) the mixture will get chunky and eventually look like mashed potatoes. Set aside and when cool, knead in a bit more cornstarch and roll out, dusting with cornstarch as needed. Cut shapes, use a straw to cut out a hole for the string, and bake at 200F for an hour, turning over once. They can finish drying at room temperature and can be painted the next day.

They’d make a great craft for kids, although it can be a bit tricky to keep the dough from getting sticky. Ah! A rhyme. 🙂

Belated merry Christmas, everyone.

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